Line-Ups Confirmed For
Season-Ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals
Following the conclusion of last week's El Gouna International
Squash Open - the final qualifying event on the 2016/17 Men’s Road
To Dubai Standings - the line-up for the season-ending PSA Dubai
World Series Finals has been confirmed and will see 16 of the
world's best squash players descend on Dubai Opera from June 6-10 to
compete for one of the sport's most lucrative titles.
With an equal prize purse of $160,000 on offer in both the Men's and
Women's tournaments, the event will bring the cream of the squash
world together for a season-ending spectacular - which will feature
ten current and former World No.1s.
Only the top eight players on the Road To Dubai Standings qualify
for a coveted place at the tournament and after a nail-biting week
of competition at the final World Series tournament of the season in
El Gouna, it was Germany's Simon Rösner who solidified his position
inside the Men's top eight to sit narrowly ahead of former winner
Ramy Ashour, who completes the top eight courtesy of his triumph at
the Hong Kong Open at the start of the season.
Karim Abdel Gawad, the Egyptian World Champion who will become the
World No.1 on May 1st, tops the Men's Standings after a breakthrough
season that saw him capture the spoils at the Qatar Classic and
Tournament of Champions along with runner-up finishes at the Hong
Kong Open and El Gouna International.
The man he overtakes atop the World Rankings, defending World Series
Finals champion Gregory Gaultier, sits in second place in the
Standings after dominating the PSA Word Tour so far in 2017, while
former World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy occupies the third position,
just ahead of younger brother and World Series Finals debutant
English pair Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, both former World
No.1s, sit at fifth and sixth on the standings, respectively to
complete the Men's line up, while it is Frenchwoman Camille Serme -
winner of the U.S. Open and Tournament of Champions, who tops the
Two-time Women's World Champion Nour El Sherbini sits in second
place, just ahead of last year's World Series Finals champion Laura
Massaro, who will be joined by compatriots Sarah-Jane Perry - the
26-year-old who will be making her debut at the tournament - and
Alison Waters, who comes in from berth number nine to to replace the
injured Amanda Sobhy.
El Sherbini will be joined by compatriots Raneem El Welily and
Nouran Gohar, while eight-time World Champion Nicol David completes
the Women's qualifiers.